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Idaho Trust Bank builds on strength

Now in its 23rd year of operations, Idaho Trust Bank, which bills itself as one of few banks in the Gem State to offer both commercial banking and wealth management services, says it looks to continue to grow, while maintaining its focus on client success...

WSU offers new online senior-living certificate

To meet the needs of the rapidly expanding senior living industry, Washington State University has added an online senior-living certificate program to its hospitality business management curriculum. The certificate will benefit those interested in gaini...

Employers benefit from offering retirement plans

Planning for the future means many things for many people. Real estate investments, life insurance policies, retirement plans, and savings accounts can make up a recipe for a great quality of life down the road. Business owners and leaders are wise to hel...

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Orchard Crest maintains high occupancy rate

Dianna Carter, director of community relations for Spokane Valley-based Orchard Crest Retirement Community & Assisted Living, says the retirement community has been operating at near capacity with 200 to 225 residents at any given time, a trend consistent...

Rider provides hedge for disability insurance

Disability insurance with a return-of-premium rider is a type of insurance made to protect your income if you get sick or hurt and can’t work, but where you can get a 100 percent refund of all your premiums paid, typically at age 67, if you don’t have...

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Providence starts its own medical assistant apprenticeship program

Like a Major League Baseball franchise, the Spokane-based Providence Medical Group within the last year has developed its own farm system of sorts in an effort to meet the increasing need for medical assistants at the organization’s regional hospitals a...

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Skils’kin looks to build stronger bonds with Spokane business community

Skils’kin, a Spokane-based nonprofit that provides employment and financial-management services for adults with disabilities, is looking to re-introduce itself to the business community by improving its marketing and seeking new partnership opportunitie...

‘Ambassador’ training key to keeping star employees

The hospitality industry is notorious for having high employee turnover. Proper and thorough training of new employees is critical for employee success within any hotel and can play an important role in employee retention. The initial training that hotel...

State’s voter-approved sick, safe leave is looming

In November 2016, Washington voters approved Initiative 1433, raising the state’s minimum wage over the next four years starting Jan. 1, 2017. Initiative 1433’s other major component requires employers statewide to provide employees paid sick and saf...

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Urban Outfitters building takes top design award

ALSC Architects PS and Centennial Properties Inc., both of Spokane, won the top honor in the 2017 Spokane Mayor’s Urban Design Awards for an expansion and remodel project at a retail building now anchored by Urban Outfitters downtown. ALSC also was rec...

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